Scheduling your surgery:
- To expedite the scheduling of your surgery, we will obtain the necessary information and schedule your surgery once we have authorization. Prior to your surgery being scheduled, your insurance must authorize your surgery. This process may take some time dependent on your insurance. If you have workman's compensation, your workman's compensation carrier may require you to have a second opinion.
Pre-op Medication Instructions
- Please call your physicians office that has prescribed you any medications that you currently take. Inquire if there is a need for you to discontinue any medication prior to surgery. You will be provided a list of medication and herbs that must be stopped one week (7 days) prior to your surgery. Regular or extra-strength Tylenol is ok to take during this time.
Post-operative Physical Therapy
- Not all patients require physical therapy. Physical therapy will depend on type of surgery and how you are doing post-operatively. It’s usually not required until after your first post-operative visit. If physical therapy is prescribed for you, please take the prescription that was provided to you to your physical therapy appointment. It is your responsibility to verify the facility and your benefits with your insurance company.
Work Restrictions/Time away from work after surgery
- We will provide activity restrictions for you to provide to your employer, school, referring physician, case managers, or insurance company.
- IF YOU ARE HAVING A FUSION SURGERY, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE ANY ANTI-INFLAMMATORY MEDICATIONS (MOTRIN, IBUPROFEN, ALEVE, ETC. FOR AT LEAST 3 MONTHS FOLLOWING YOUR SURGERY)
Checklist for the Day of your Surgery
- Notify your healthcare provider (Surgeon, Nurse, Anesthesia, N.P., P.A., etc) if there is any change in your physical condition before surgery, such as fever or infection.
- You may have NOTHING TO EAT OR DRINK after midnight (or 8 hours prior to your surgery), unless instructed otherwise by your anesthesiologist. This includes water, hard candy, gum, breath mints, coffee, etc.
- Unless your physician specifies otherwise, please bring all X-rays, Cat scans, and/or MRI’s you have of your neck or back with you to the hospital.
- If you use inhalers, please take them to the hospital. Inform the hospital of all medications you are taking, including the dosage and how often you take the medication. If you'd like, you can bring the medications you take at home to the hospital.
- You will need to check in at the hospital TWO (2) hours prior to the surgery, unless you have been instructed otherwise.
- Bathe or shower the morning of your surgery. Wear loose, casual clothing that is appropriate for your surgery. A button-up shirt, rather than a pullover, is recommended for patients having cervical fusions.
- Leave all jewelry and valuables at home. If you wear glasses, contact lenses, and/or hearing aids, bring a case to store them in.
- If you will be staying in the hospital following your surgery, please take items appropriate for your stay (i.e. slippers, robe, toiletries).
If you have any additional questions, please call Georgetown Spine at 202-444-8766.